Leaders in the construction industry have spent decades working to identify, implement and fine-tune job site safety practices. Construction Safety Week, through May 10, is a recognition of that progress, but also a national, industry-wide call to action to promote safety best practices and the importance of an uncompromising commitment to safety in the construction industry.

At the Guam Contractors Association, we believe it is our responsibility to ensure all construction workers go home in the same — or better — condition than when they arrived on the job site.

On May 30 and 31, 2019, the Guam Contractors Association Safety Committee will hold its 24th Annual Safety Conference at the Dusit Thani Guam Resort. Topics for this event include basic safety practices applicable not just to the construction industry but also the general community. We encourage everyone to attend this conference to enrich your knowledge of best safety practices at all levels and for all occupations. You may contact the GCA office at 647-4840 for more information. Safety is not an expense, but an investment in your employees, your company and ultimately in yourself.

Applying world-class safety processes dramatically improves safety performance, according to the Associated Builders and Contractor’s 2019 Safety Performance Report, an annual assessment of Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP).

Based on information gathered from ABC members who recorded just under 1 billion hours of work in construction, heavy construction, civil engineering and specialty trades, companies that attained the highest level of STEP performance, the “Diamond Level,” reduced recordable incidents by up to 85%, making the best-performing companies 680% safer than the industry average.

Local companies who have achieved this prestigious “Diamond Level” recognition include Black Construction Corp., Pacific Rim Constructors Inc. and IAN Construction. Other companies from Guam who have achieved STEP recognition include Hawaiian Rock Products, LMS Guam, Tikigaq and Maeda Pacific Corp.

To learn more about the Guam Contractors Association visit our website at www.guamcontractors.org or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GuamContractors.

James Martinez is the president of the Guam Contractors Association

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